Group raising funds to replace Christmas gifts

Published 1:07 am Friday, December 27, 2013

When Deputy Jeff Daniels arrived to the fully engulfed home Wednesday, all he could think about was how there would be no Christmas presents for the adorable dark-haired toddler.

He knew Christmas presents were the last thing on the mind of a family who’d lost everything – including the life of the man who was to be the newest addition to their family.

Soon, word got around that the child’s adopted father, 70-year-old Ladon “Leon” Frazier said “Santa” had already visited the Babbie Community home and left a two-seat John Deere riding toy for 3-year-old Jordan.

When Daniels shared the story with family, a Christmas mission was born.

Daniels’ niece Tabitha put the call out for everything the family needed to restart – clothes, household items and toys. To accomplish that, a “Go Fund Me” account was created.

“It all just went up in flames,” Tabitha said of the contents of the Frazier home. “This is what you’re supposed to do at Christmas, give back to others. That’s the only thing this drive is about.”

A Thursday donation drive proved successful, with the family getting enough to get them through the week. Still, donations of food and clothing are still needed, Tabitha said after speaking with the family.

And as for “Santa’s special gift,” the John Deere tractor, donations are now being accepted through the Go Fund Me website at

“We’re going to make sure she gets that on Monday,” Tabitha said of Jordan’s big present. “Anything else we raise is going to the family.”

Clothing sizes:
• For Jordan, 3: size 5 girls’ clothing;
• For Justin, 15: size 30 x 34 pants and size medium to large shirts;
• For Michelle: Women’s size 7 to 8 pants and size medium to large shirts;
• For Jenny: Women’s size 20 pants and size 2XL shirts;
• For Leon: size 34 x 30 pants and size large shirts.